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The Children School Supports The Press On to CURE Childhood Cancer Fund

As written in The Children’s School Newsletter

Character education and community service are a part of daily life at The Children School (TCS).  On May 26, Wilma Pollard and Amanda Thwaits’ first grade class ended their year of service by completing a fundraising project that had an extra special meaning for them.

Their efforts, a walk-a-thon around Piedmont Park’s Lake Clara Meer, raised $3,500 for Press On to CURE Childhood Cancer, a named fund of CURE Childhood Cancer that supports pediatric cancer research.  Press On was started by TCS parents Erin and Stephen Chance.  The students, including an energetic Patrick Chance who was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma in June 2006, walked three laps around for a total of three miles each.  In support of their classmate’s cause, the first graders solicited pledges from family members, friends, neighbors, and TCS faculty and staff to raise a remarkable $3,500.

According to the students’ teachers, Wilma and Amanda, “it was very exciting to make this a memorable event for our young ones to cherish and understand how they can make a difference at their level.”  The walk-a-thon was not only a great fundraising opportunity, but also a chance to get some fresh air and exercise and to show the strength of the TCS community.

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CURE Childhood Cancer Salutes Tom Glavine, a True Hero

This Friday, Tom Glavine will be honored by the Atlanta Braves as his jersey number 47 is retired.  Few athletes achieve this level of recognition – only the best of the best.  Tom Glavine is that and more.  On the field, his accomplishments have been many….far too many to list here. Among them are Tom’s Cy Young Awards in 1991 and 1998 and top three finishes in voting four other seasons.  He won the clinching game of the 1995 World Series against Cleveland, yielding only one hit over eight innings and was named the World Series Most Valuable Player.  He won 20 or more games in a season five times and in August 2007, won his 300th game, a feat very few pitchers ever achieve.

In CURE’s eyes, Tom is every bit the hero off the field as on. His dedication and commitment to children with cancer is truly extraordinary. Childhood cancer became a very personal mission for Tom and his wife Chris when they stood by helplessly watching as the five year old son of close friends was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma.  Chris explains, “The family should have been celebrating a win on the basketball court that evening but, instead, were faced with how to proceed with decisions on the care that would ultimately save his life.  We cannot tell you the perspective we gained from their treacherous journey.” And while their friends welcomed meals, thoughts and prayers with open arms, Tom and Chris realized this kind of help wasn’t enough for them. They became committed to doing more to find a cure for these children.

Most people have no idea how much Tom Glavine does for or gives to CURE. He does it with sincerity and without fanfare.  He gives of his time, his money, his resources. He lends his notoriety and opens his home to raise money for a cure. He spends precious free time with children with cancer and meeting donors, all in the name of making a difference. He caused Major League Baseball to launch an initiative which raised more than $1.5 million for childhood cancer research and brought tremendous awareness to the lack of funding for our cause.. He has followed the progress of children fighting the disease, rejoiced in their successes and grieved their losses.

As Tom is honored by the Atlanta Braves, CURE extends our most heartfelt congratulations to him.  CURE and all the children and families we represent are deeply indebted to Tom and celebrate the successes of our hero.

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Get Music – Give Hope

The best introduction to Stanton Lanier is to first listen to his music before you listen to his story. Stanton’s stated mission, to offer “peace and rest in a hurried world,” is accomplished through storytelling, but not in words. His stories are told through instrumental melodies on the piano, transporting a global listening audience to that unique interior place that brings peace to each person’s life and circumstances. Many of his live performances are coupled with exquisite pictures of nature that create a powerful sensory experience.

Music to Light the World is the non-profit organization Stanton founded in 2004 with a vision to offer “peace to the soul” through scripture inspired piano. This organization brings peace, hope and healing to many who need it most through donating CDs and performances to groups such as cancer patients, families who have lost children to cancer, hospitals and inner city ministries. Get Music, Give Hope is an initiative where, for every album purchased, Music to Light the World donates one album to a cancer center or hospital. Music to Light the World is gaining strength and support from prominent philanthropists in Atlanta and beyond who are equally dedicated to touching lives with a message of hope.

The song “Peace” on his award winning CD “December Peace” was written by Stanton because of his friendship with CURE board member Alan Thomson on the night Hayley Thomson earned her angel wings. Stanton Lanier has generously donated a CD for each mom attending “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes” this year.

If you would like to find out more about Stanton Lanier and his mission, please click here.

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The Sam Robb Beach Run Was a Success

The First Annual Sam Robb Memorial Beach Run was a great success!  There were over 150 runners in addition to Fun Run participants on the Ocean City Beach in NJ on Friday, July 2.  The race proceeds along with contributions exceeded $6,000.  These funds will be directed to support the Sam Robb Research Fellow for Pediatric Oncology at CURE Childhood Cancer.

Pictures of the event can be seen on Flickr

The Robb family is looking forward to making the beach run a summer tradition. Thanks to all who supported this wonderful event!

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Press On to CURE Childhood Cancer: A Named Fund Truly Making a Difference

In 2007, Stephen and Erin Chance created CURE Childhood Cancer’s first “Named fund.” Their son, Patrick, had been diagnosed with Stage Iv Neuroblastoma at three years old. After realizing the dire need for funding for pediatric cancer research, the Chances created Press On: The Patrick R. Chance fund for Neuroblastoma Research to combine their fundraising efforts with the shared vision, experience, and success of CURE Childhood Cancer.

The Press On fund mission changed in an ironically positive direction in 2009 when Tara and Turner Simkins, dear friends of the Chances and early supporters of Press On, joined forces with the Chances as a result of their son, Brennan’s, diagnosis with AMl on the eve of his seventh birthday. During Brennan’s bone marrow transplant, and after Patrick had been off therapy for only three short months, Patrick’s cancer returned. Then, just three months later, Brennan relapsed. Both boys and their families and supporters are fighting to find a cure.

The Chances and Simkins have shared a friendship practically their entire lives. Now they also share the mission of the Press On fund. The brutal irony of their sons’ battles with cancer underscores their firm belief that their continuing experience “in the trenches” with their boys offers a providential opportunity to help raise money which can be targeted directly to therapies and trials which can make a difference now. from this perspective, their lives will be always changed for the better, relying on the strength of true friendship and faith to Press On through any circumstances for a CURE.

As a result of the generous support of family, friends, and a community of supporters, The Press On fund has directed several hundreds of thousands of dollars to promising research for neuroblastoma, specifically Dr. Donald Durden’s research of Pl-3 Kinase Inhibitor and Targeted Therapies for neuroblastoma conducted at Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Press On has also directed $20,000 to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to support a team of dedicated neuroblastoma researchers investigating antibody therapies.

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The Atlanta Youth Academy Honors CURE

CURE Childhood Cancer offers a warm congratulations to the 8th grade graduates of The Atlanta Youth Academy.  This 8th grade class honored CURE by selecting us as their charity of choice.  These outstanding kids researched different charities around the city, and went on visits to the different organizations, and in the end, they chose CURE to receive a check for $2,400.

This 8th grade class of leaders was mentored by the executives at The Gleneagles Group in order to help them learn about philanthropy and the power of giving. Our special thanks goes to Adrianna Williams, Kaelin Matthews, Logan McIntosh, Alex Mitchell, Herschel Knox, Kendall Dunovant, Ashley Rush, Cornesha Williams, Devron Woodruff, Bryce Simpson, Marquavious Strozier, Keaton Manning, and Kyler Dixon.  We would also like to thank the all the teachers and staff at The Atlanta Youth Academy as well as the kind people at The Gleneagles Group.

We are truly honored and wish all the kids at AYA continued success.

To learn more about The Atlanta Youth Academy, check out their website at www.atlantayouthacademy.com.

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A Tribute to Sam Robb

Dear Friends and Family,

It is amazing how life moves forward.  Time passes yet it seems like yesterday Sam Robb succumbed to bone cancer that ultimately ravaged his lungs on June 25, three years ago at Emory Hospital.

What is really amazing…we have collectively managed to raise over $179,000 in very difficult times for the Sam Robb Fund, a fund with CURE Childhood Cancer, a pediatric cancer organization near and dear to our hearts. With this money, we have been able to underwrite the training of two pediatric research fellows, Dr. Tanya Watt and Dr. Nicole Schlesinger, through CURE with the specific purpose of ameliorating childhood cancer.  Whether you worked at a run, attended an event, gave a donation from the heart or helped our cause in some other way, you played a big part.

As we often reflect, every time we drive by Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta’s (CHOA) Scottish Rite medical complex, remember there are 10-30 children and teens in the Aflac Cancer Center…and due to the effort and generosity of people like you…75% of these kids will make it!

Just imagine, you’re a young parent confronted with this terrible, unfair diagnosis…what do you do and how do you manage through it?

Hope…is the answer and that comes from great medical people and the hope that the odds are improving.

Please continue to help us provide hope…and answers that can only be addressed by the unselfish doctors who invest long hours at modest pay to search for cures.

As we conclude the 2010 campaign¸ please do what you can to help us maintain the tradition of underwriting a research fellow to preserve Sam’s spirit and also give us a fightin’ chance of finding a cure.

We have reached June 25, marking three years.  Please consider helping us build hope for the families whose children are still fightin’ against cancer.

Specifically:

1.   As a friend of Sam…share Sam’s story with three people so they may join us in our efforts to provide hope…share these websites with others: www.samrobb.com and www.curechildhoodcancer.org

2.   Join us for an event…

a.   The First Sam Robb Memorial Beach 5K Fun Run on Friday, July 2, 2010 in Ocean City – click here for more information and to register for this event.

b.   Please join us for a reception to Meet the Sam Robb Research Fellow, Dr. Nicole Schlesinger on Saturday, September 11, 2010.  September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  Click here to read more about Dr. Schlesinger.

c.   The Sam Robb Memorial Golf Tournament on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at the Legacy on Lanier Golf Club.  Click here for details on this event.

3.   We love to hear from you, Sam’s friends.  Remembering Sam warms our hearts.  Share your story here.

As life moves forward, we are hit with the reality that Sam is not here on earth any longer, but we will not let him ever be forgotten…through the effort and generosity of good people like you.

Keep Fightin’ every day like Sam and the thousands of kids facing cancer today.

Thank you,

Sam, Annamarie, Elizabeth, Caroline and Katherine

Watch Sam’s Memorial Video:

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